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David Novak is the chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc., which operates in more than 120 countries and employs 1.4 million people. All three of the company’s restaurant chains—KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell—are global leaders in fast food. Prior to leading Yum!, he was president of both KFC and Pizza Hut and held senior management positions at PepsiCo. Novak has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s for two years, one of the “Top People in Business” by Fortune, and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. He is also the recipient of the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He is the author of The Education of an Accidental CEO.
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